Announcement – Festive parkruns!

Much excitement - add these dates to your parkrun diary:
Christmas Day (Tuesday 25th December) - Woodley parkrun will be at 9.00.
New Year's Day (Tuesday 1st January) - Woodley parkrun will be at 10.30.

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For those of you new to parkrun, on New Year's Day only, parkrunners are permitted to run at two different parkrun events. Start times are staggered. To help plan your New Year's Day parkrunning, this handy web page will update as each event makes a decision.

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Woodley parkrun #323 – The one without a run report

Sadly nobody volunteered this week to write the run report, so all we have to offer are a few exciting photos and the weeks stats.

If you would like to see more photos, please take a look here.

And if you would like to volunteer, please take a look here.

We are still looking for a few roles to be filled next week, let's not make it two weeks with no report!

10th November 2018

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This Weeks Stats:

This week 320 people ran, jogged and walked the course, of whom 28 were first timers and 32 recorded new Personal Bests. Representatives of 23 different clubs took part.

The event was made possible by 23 volunteers:

Guy DAKIN • David SAYER • Darren John LEWIS • John Paul YOUNG • David Howard CASWELL • Ros CRAWFORD • Jenny BOXWELL • Andy BEST • Helen M DIXON • Sara Jane BEST • Samantha WHALLEY • Gill ACKROYD • Michael MOORE • Mari SALO-OJA • Kevin LEWINGTON • Adam MAHONEY • Rupert HOWARD • Gerry LEONIDAS • Ian MCGUINNESS • Peter GLASS • Chris WOOLNOUGH • Brian OXBROUGH • Alistair PARRY

Today's full results and a complete event history can be found on the Woodley parkrun Results Page.

The male record is held by Jonathan Stuart DAVIES who recorded a time of 15:20 on 26th July 2014 (event number 95).

The female record is held by Kirsty WALKER who recorded a time of 17:30 on 20th October 2018 (event number 320).

The Age Grade course record is held by Claire DONALD who recorded 91.08% (19:37) on 1st November 2014 (event number 109).
Woodley parkrun started on 13th October 2012. Since then 8,895 participants have completed 80,651 parkruns covering a total distance of 403,255 km, including 13,902 new Personal Bests.

 

Woodley parkrun #322 – TWO BIRTHDAYS AND A RECORD RUN!

Run Report by: Iain MACKENZIE
Photos by: Richard MASON and Richard HALLAM-BAKER
Published by: Chris DREW

Firstly, a look back at October 2018 when parkrun featured widely on TV and radio.

The weekly 5km runs are a global phenomenon. They came out of a desire to change many lives without a cost, on Monday 1 Oct the 5 millionth participant registered somewhere in the world.

International parkrun Day took place on 6 Oct to celebrate 14 years of parkrun. Most of us know parkrun came about from an idea that 13 people on 2 October 2004 should go for a 5km timed trail run and post their times on a noticeboard for all to see. On 2 October 2018 this was widely reported on the BBC and Paul Sinton-Hewitt, our founder, was a guest speaker on Radio Berkshire.

Rob Widdis penned a most interesting run report 319 on the Woodley parkrun 6th Birthday event featuring his experience of parkrun. Jenny Dimmick wrote an excellent article Celebrating Runners Successes in her parkrun report 320. After you read this I’d invite you to look back over previous reports, they all make interesting reading in their own way and maybe they will encourage you to put pen to paper, a report is a report no matter how long or short, with as much or less detail as you wish. I’m sure you’ll agree something is better than nothing to look forward to in the news!

Mention has been made of the two birthday events of October 2018, but I must also mention a new female record achieved by Kirsty Walker who recorded a time of 17:30 on 20th October 2018 (event number 320). Kirsty’s homerun is Reading but she will be most welcome to return to Woodley to challenge her own record in the future. Due to working two Saturday mornings every month I did not witness this new record, but I was there to witness the previous record held by Anna Boniface 17:31 on the 15 Apr 2017 (event number 241). It’s always exciting when a record is broken, but let’s not forget everyone who takes part, I like to wait until the Tail Walker is home and encourage everyone over the finish line. Congratulations Kirsty on setting a new record!

So now to this weekend. Woodley parkrun 322. Today I did Pre-event Setup and Finish Token Support. I set up the markers on the top field and was asked by a gentleman about parkrun, after explaining that parkrun is held every Saturday, with a Junior event on a Sunday and is free, I felt I had recruited a new person for each event, his 8 year old son was about to play football. He said he would register both after the football and seemed very interested in the whole concept of parkrun.

For those who have never done event Pre-event Setup I have taken a photo of the equipment and you’ll see it is a task that requires 3 people - please volunteer if you can.

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The Pre-event Setup role is one you can run on the day, as you can with First Timer’s Briefing, Post-event Close Down and Run Report Writer, so please volunteer, you’ll be very welcome, it’s a rewarding couple of hours, meeting new people and knowing that without you the parkrun would be unable to run.

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The day dawned fine with a clear sky, no wind and 6c, by the end of the parkrun it was clouding over with a slight cool breeze. We were again thankful for good weather to enable 309 to complete the parkrun in good dry under foot conditions. Today we welcomed tourists from Bushy the home of parkrun, High Wycombe and Upton Court.

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Andy Best Run Director welcomed all to Woodley and mentioned those earning their milestone Tee Shirts. They are Erica Fairhurst 100th parkrun and 3 achieving 50 parkruns, Gopitha Satheeskumar, Hal Stephenson and Sarah Chard.

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Keeping a low profile but I wish to add her Sarah Bate on her 25th Volunteer comprising 8 different roles. Congratulations to you all. Alex Harris completed his 200th parkrun today at Woodley, not a tee shirt milestone as such but very well done a great achievement. Congratulations to all who achieved a PB today something that has eluded me since the start of 2018. Well done to you all!

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So to end this report I add these few lines summing up parkrun!

parkrun applies love and joy to all involved, this particularly shines through if you volunteer, a time to meet lots of wonderful like minded people, the Hi-Vis helpers that make the Saturday morning parkrun a most enjoyable event.

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This week 309 people ran, jogged and walked the course, of whom 18 were first timers and 32 recorded new Personal Bests. Representatives of 18 different clubs took part.

The event was made possible by 24 volunteers:

Guy DAKIN • Alice WILKINSON • David SAYER • Bruce SARJENT • Michael WILKINSON • John Paul YOUNG • Gordon BIRD • Jenny OAKLEY • Joanne KENT • Andy BEST • Chris DREW • Sara Jane BEST • Gill ACKROYD • Hilary RENNIE • Graham SLADE • Richard HALLAM-BAKER • Michael MAHONEY • Adam MAHONEY • George PARKER • Sarah BATE • Iain MACKENZIE • Brian OXBROUGH • Carol MILLER • Grace MILLER

Today's full results and a complete event history can be found on the Woodley parkrun Results Page.

The male record is held by Jonathan Stuart DAVIES who recorded a time of 15:20 on 26th July 2014 (event number 95).
The female record is held by Kirsty WALKER who recorded a time of 17:30 on 20th October 2018 (event number 320).
The Age Grade course record is held by Claire DONALD who recorded 91.08% (19:37) on 1st November 2014 (event number 109).

Woodley parkrun started on 13th October 2012. Since then 8,867 participants have completed 80,331 parkruns covering a total distance of 401,655 km, including 13,870 new Personal Bests.

 

Woodley parkrun Event #321 – Dusty Bin Day!

There were no volunteers for the role of run report writer this week. If you would like to write future run reports or if you would like to volunteer for any other role on the roster please email woodleyhelpers@parkrun.com.

In the meantime here are a selection of photos from event #321 (Dusty Bin Day!) taken by Neil Fenwick and Richard Mason. Enjoy!

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...and here are the stats:

This week 292 people ran, jogged and walked the course, of whom 16 were first timers and 46 recorded new Personal Bests. Representatives of 20 different clubs took part.

The event was made possible by 22 volunteers:

Alice WILKINSON • Michael WILKINSON • Gordon LEWIS • Kerri FRENCH • Neil FENWICK • Juliet FENWICK • Les BENNETT • Richard MASON • Hilary RENNIE • Emily MASON • Amanda TIPLADY • Sue HAMBLIN • Sarah HILLING • Stuart KELLY • Erica FAIRHURST • Debbie HURLEY • Gerry LEONIDAS • Ian MCGUINNESS • Isabel KELLY • Thomas KELLY • Sarah BATE • Nick ROBINSON

Today's full results and a complete event history can be found on the Woodley parkrun Results Page.

The male record is held by Jonathan Stuart DAVIES who recorded a time of 15:20 on 26th July 2014 (event number 95).
The female record is held by Kirsty WALKER who recorded a time of 17:30 on 20th October 2018 (event number 320).
The Age Grade course record is held by Claire DONALD who recorded 91.08% (19:37) on 1st November 2014 (event number 109).

Woodley parkrun started on 13th October 2012. Since then 8,849 participants have completed 80,022 parkruns covering a total distance of 400,110 km, including 13,838 new Personal Bests.

 

Woodley parkrun #320 – Celebrating Runners Successes

Run Report by: Jenny DIMMICK
Photos by: Richard MASON
Published by: Emily MASON

Every parkrunner has their own story. If today was your first parkrun, you will remember this parkrunday fondly and it will hopefully be the beginning of many parkrun adventures. Our Run Director today, Sarah HILLING shared with us this morning that today was her 5th parkrun anniversary. Congratulations Sarah! On her first parkrun Sarah came in at position 148 with a time of 33:38. Sarah has now run Woodley parkrun 119 times, but very impressively has done 160 volunteer roles. Our parkrun would not run without people like Sarah. Thank you! Sarah may not know that she's managed to achieve 51 out of 60 on parkrun bingo (where you get finishing times ending in all the seconds, so 00, 01, 02 etc). She also shared that since starting parkrun she has made many new friends. That is a key part of parkrun for many and we keep coming back to see our parkrun family.

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Leo FRENCH joined Sarah during the run briefing today. Leo has been part of Woodley parkrun for as long as Sarah, but until recently, he had only volunteered. He started couch to 5k as part of his Duke of Edinburgh Award this year and then began parkrunning. Today was his 10th parkrun, which as a junior is something we celebrate. Leo had some heartfelt words for us all today - "Thank You for Inspiring Me". I beg to differ. I think that Leo inspires us all. Life isn't always easy for Leo, yet he always does his best. Leo has marshaled at Woodley 52 times! He has also managed the funnel, been the time keeper, tail walked, number checked and written the run report. Thank you for everything that you have done for us all Leo. You are an important part of Woodley parkrun.

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19 of you were running your first Woodley parkrun today. Welcome to Cara ZEEMAN, Hannah SMITH, Salome ZEEMAN, Martin DUBAJ, Hannah AMATO, Sue CLARK, Katherine COWLEY, Petrus ZEEMAN, Leane ZEEMAN, Simon CLARK, Jake VOWELL, Niamh MCCARVILLE and Amudhan BASHYAM. We hope to see you back at Woodley parkrun soon. 59 people will be celebrating new personal bests (PBs). Well done.

4 people ran their 50th parkrun today. Congratulations! Caroline STEVENS has run 23 of her 50 parkruns at Woodley, having also run at Dinton Pastures, Reading, Bracknell, Newbury and Prospect. Andrew TALAGA is a rare breed, a Woodley passionista, meaning that he has run all of his 50 parkruns at Woodley! Wow! Julius PINTO has run at Woodley 17 times, having started his parkrun story at Reading parkrun. Krishiha SATHEESKUMAR has not only run 50 adult parkruns, but has also run 18 Junior parkruns. All her adult parkruns have been at Woodley, so she is another Woodley passionista. We look forward to seeing you all in your new red parkrun 50 tees.

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Emily MASON was celebrating her 250th parkrun, a huge parkrun achievement. Well done! Of those 250 parkruns, 242 of them have been at Woodley. Emily started parkrunning in 2013, so has been a dedicated parkrunner since she began. In both 2016 and 2017, Emily ran 53 parkruns. Will she manage the same feat in 2018? She has managed to achieve parkrun bingo, on 13th January this year, at Woodley of course. During the last 5 years, Emily has done 45 volunteer roles. She has published run reports, like this one, 24 times. She has also written a run report 3 times, tail walked 7 times and much more. Thanks Emily!

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A few more local milestones were achieved today. Mike DIMMICK ran his 100th Woodley parkrun. Mike is a keen parkrun tourist, having run 74 different parkun courses, including Krakow in Poland, Treviso and Milan Nord in Italy, Amager Faelled in Denmark and Bushy parkrun, Dublin and Malahide in Ireland. Mike started his parkrun career at Woodley parkrun of course, being introduced to it by his sister Juliet FENWICK. Juliet was heavily involved with Woodley parkrun virtually from when it started and was volunteering today at the end of the funnel, on finish token support. Mike has completed 80 volunteer roles himself, mainly at Woodley parkrun, and it was whilst token sorting at Woodley parkrun that he met his wife. Thanks for the doughnuts Mike!

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Stuart HUMPHRIES ran his 200th Woodley parkrun today. Stuart has run 354 parkruns in total and was the parkrunner today who had run most parkruns. Stuart started parkrunning in 2009 at Reading parkrun, but has been a regular fixture at Woodley parkrun since it began in 2012. He has completed 100 volunteer roles, including taking photos 21 times, pacing 14 times and barcode scanning 11 times. Stuart has started the last 5 years off in parkrun style, running two parkruns on New Year's Day in 2014, 2015, 2016, 2017 and 2018. What parkruns will he be running on New Year's Day in 2019?

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Richard MASON ran his 300th Woodley parkrun today. Wow! Richard has run 328 parkruns in total, at 21 different events, including Livonia and Crissy Fields parkruns in the USA and Lodz in Poland. He has run more than 50 parkruns each year for the last 5 years after starting his parkrun career at Reading parkrun in 2012. Richard has also completed 79 volunteer roles and is often seen giving the first timers briefing at Woodley, which he has done an impressive 44 times!

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Every single parkrunner who managed 3 laps of Woodford Park this morning should be proud of their achievements. You started your day off the best way possible. Saturday should be officially renamed parkrunday! We like to celebrate your successes and if you wish to share with us, we'd love to hear it. Why don't you write next week's run report? Or another week? If you don't fancy writing, there are many, many more ways which you can help to make Woodley parkrun as special as it is. Email into woodleyhelpers@parkrun.com. Volunteering can be as much fun (if not more) than running.

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And now for some results:

This week 325 people ran, jogged and walked the course, of whom 19 were first timers and 59 recorded new Personal Bests. Representatives of 22 different clubs took part.

The event was made possible by 25 volunteers:

David SAYER • Jon GREEN • Duncan G WOOD • Neil FENWICK • Juliet FENWICK • Andy BEST • Eoin Stuart MCLEOD • Richard MASON • Emily MASON • Amanda TIPLADY • Sarah DREW • Kate PATTENDEN • Sarah HILLING • Lesley QUINN • Stan PATTENDEN • Katie PERKINS • Adam MAHONEY • Veronika ROYLE • Gia MIDDLETON • Jenny DIMMICK • Jaimee MCMILLAN • Peter GLASS • Sarah BATE • Ankush KAPOOR • Leila WOOD

Today's full results and a complete event history can be found on the Woodley parkrun Results Page.

The male record is held by Jonathan Stuart DAVIES who recorded a time of15:20 on 26th July 2014 (event number 95).
The female record is held by Kirsty WALKER who recorded a time of 17:30 on 20th October 2018 (event number 320).
The Age Grade course record is held by Claire DONALD who recorded 91.08%(19:37) on 1st November 2014 (event number 109).

Woodley parkrun started on 13th October 2012. Since then 8,833 participants have completed 79,730 parkruns covering a total distance of 398,650 km, including 13,793 new Personal Bests.

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